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"Healing The World with Dharma"

May 30, 2008

Vikramasila Foundation (New York)
Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michele Sakow
sangye@aol.com

"Healing the World With Dharma,"
Celebrating 2551st Anniversary of Vesak Day With Teaching By H. H.
Dagchen Rinpoche
At New York University On June 16, 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Vikramasila Foundation, Palden Sakya Centers of
Tibetan Buddhism, and Tsechen Kunchab Ling offer a celebration
of  Vesak Day, the 2551st anniversary of the Buddha's birth,
enlightenment, and mahpariniravana, with a teaching by H. H. Dagchen
Rinpoche, one of the supreme heads of Sakya Buddhism, on Monday, June
16. The program, "Healing the World with Dharma," begins at 6:30 p.m.
at New York University Stern (44 West 4th St, Barr-Kawamura Commons,
KMC 5-50, 5th Floor, New York City). A donation of $20 is suggested
for adults, attendance is free for children.

"This celebration is representative of our connection to the Buddha
as teacher, guide and protector," explains the Venerable Lama Pema
Wangdak, director of the Vikramasila Foundation and Palden Sakya
Centers. "The teachings are the foundation and source of light,
peace, patience, and power in our life and the world around us."

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, founder of Sakya
Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, in 1929 in southwestern
Tibetinto the Phuntsok branch of the Khön lineage of Sakya Buddhism.
After the passing of his father, Dagchen Rinpoche took a leave of
absence as ruler of Sakya in order to travel to East Tibet to
increase his knowledge and experience of the Dharma, by studying with
the renowned teachers of that area. Two of these lamas became Dagchen
Rinpoche's root gurus, Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and
Dilgo Khyentse Rabsal Dawa. These two highly realized masters helped
to formulate Dagchen Rinpoche's nonsectarian approach to Buddhism.
After completing his major religious studies, Dagchen Rinpoche
bestowed initiations and teachings throughout East Tibet and
established 17 Sakya colleges and 10 retreat centers in that region.

In 1959 Dagchen Rinpoche, his wife H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, and their
family were forced to flee to India, where Dagchen Rinpoche became
the Sakya representative to the Tibetan Religious Office in Exile,
which was instrumental in arranging for the resettlement of Tibetan
refugees. The following year he was invited to participate in a
research project on Tibetan civilization at the University of
Washington sponsored by a Rockefeller Foundation grant.

Dagchen Rinpoche has resided in Seattle since 1960 along with his
wife, five sons and other family members and founded and directs
Sakya Monastery there. Appreciating the benefits of American freedom
and prosperity, he works actively to help preserve and share the
Tibetan Buddhist tradition. To this end he has given extensive
empowerments and teachings throughout the United States, Canada,
Europe, and Asia.

The Vikramasila Foundation sponsors the Pema Ts'al School/Hostel of
Mundgod, India, and the Pema Ts'al Monastic Institute of Pokhara,
Nepal, as well as a school in New York City. The Palden Sakya Centers
located in New York City and Cresskill, New Jersey. In addition,
there are also Centers in Woodstock and Philmont, New York; Jamaica,
Vermont; and Dayton, Ohio. Those interested in further information,
may visit the website www.paldensakya.org. Tsechen Kunchab Ling,
Temple of All-Encompassing Great Compassion, is the seat of His
Holiness the Sakya Trizin in the United States and is located in
Walden, New York.

For further information and to register for the Vesak Day
celebration, e-mail sangye@aol.com or call 212-866-4339.

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(05.28.08)

[Editor's Note: For further information and to schedule an interview
with the Ven. Lama Pema Wangdak or H. H. Dagchen Rinpoche, e-mail
sangye@aol.com or call 201-541-0007.]
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